Town Hall meeting held to discuss legalizing marijuana

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A panelist speaks at the Show-Me Cannabis Sikeston Town Hall meeting Tuesday at the Clinton Building in Sikeston. (Scott Welton, Staff)

SIKESTON -- The conversation on legalizing marijuana has started.

About 50 people attended the Show-Me Cannabis Sikeston Town Hall meeting Tuesday at the Clinton Building.

John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, said his efforts are not motivated by a desire to legally get high -- he doesn't even use cannabis.

His motivations include freedom, human rights issues, meeting medical needs -- and economic development.

The sale of hemp products is already a $500 million per year industry in the U.S., according to Payne.

"It is perfectly legal for us to buy the products, but it's not at all legal for our farmers to grow hemp and that doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense," he said. "So we'd like to give Missouri farmers that opportunity as well."

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